Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan says the state will adopt the new testing and close contact settings agreed to at National Cabinet “at a later stage”.
Under the new definition, only those who live with or have spent more than four hours with a positive case in a house or house-like setting will be considered a close contact.
“It was widely acknowledged at the meeting that Western Australia is in a very different position compared to other states and territories,” Mr McGowan said.
“To be clear, the settings agreed at National Cabinet today are for jurisdictions with a high caseload environment, with thousands of daily cases. Western Australia is not in that position.
“That is accepted and understood at National Cabinet, and therefore WA will continue with our existing testing, isolation and close contact settings for the time being.”